Hungary accuses Ukraine state of lying it has nothing to do with website listing dual nationals

19:50, 11 October 2018
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Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has accused the Ukrainian authorities of lying about them not being affiliated to the Myrotrovets (Peacemaker) Ukrainian website, which had earlier published a list including the personal data of three hundred state or Zakarpattia's local government officials who are allegedly dual nationals.

“It is a lie that the Ukrainian state has nothing to do with the website that is listing suspected dual Ukrainian-Hungarian nationals”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto said on Kossuth Radio’s “Good Morning, Hungary!” show on Thursday morning, that's according to the MFA Hungary website.

The minister explained that the list includes personal data that is not available from public sources, but exclusively from secret service or government sources.

“In addition, one of the directors of the NGO that operated the extremist website used to work for the Ukrainian secret service”, the minister added.

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According to Mr. Szijjártó, it is therefore a lie that the Ukrainian state has nothing to do with the website.

The foreign minister opined that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko "gave his consent to the hate campaign in an attempt to increase his popularity," the report says.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine's Myrotvorets (Peacekeeper) Center database, which lists individuals who pose a threat to the country's security, has published a list of residents of Ukraine's Zakarpattia region, who, holding public servants' posts and being members of local councils, have obtained Hungarian passports.

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Péter Szijjártó has himself been included in the Myrotvorets database because of "an attempt on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine," according to the organization's website.

Hungary's foreign ministry on October 10 summoned Ukraine's ambassador to Budapest after "Ukraine's anti-Hungarian policy reached a new level."

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